Major League Hacking 2017 Hackathon Season
400+
Hackers
24
Hours
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Possibilities
What
The word "hack" in hackathon is used to describe how multiple technologies can be used together in a new and innovative way e.g. think about “hacking something together”. Teams spend the weekend working on innovative software and hardware solutions to real-world problems in a community full of mentorship.
Why
We want to help you turn your ideas into reality. You're welcome to come with or without a team. We'll provide you with all the resources and mentors you need to help you work on something cool or learn new skills. You'll have the freedom to create a product, learn new techniques for your future work, or just have fun working on a project with friends. Moreover, we will offer you a chance to network with other creators and professionals.
Where
This year, TAMUhack will be held in the beautiful Memorial Student Center -- the living room of the campus. Come hang out with us and experience why the MSC is one of Texas A&M’s greatest living traditions!
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can attend?
Any graduate/undergraduate student who is over 18. Regardless of your experience, education, background, or anything else, as long as you are passionate about learning, building, and having fun (even if your preferred editor is nano). NOTE: We are able to admit minors only if they are accompanied by an adult (18+) throughout the event. Please email highschool@tamuhack.com for more info.
How much does it cost?
Nothing. Nada. Zilch. It's completely free for all accepted hackers. To make it even better, we'll throw in a ton of swag, food, WiFi, workspaces, and caffeine while you're here.
Tabs or Spaces?
Obviously spaces - don't tabs make you practically unhirable?
How do teams work?
Teams can be up to 4 people. It's not necessary to have a team before the event or have one at all. Hacking with friends is more fun though. There will be plenty of time after the opening ceremony at the event to form teams if you don't have one yet.
Will there be workshops and talks?
Of course! We will have workshops running throughout the whole event. A complete list will be coming closer to the hackathon.
How should I behave?
What a great question! Check out the MLH Code of Conduct. Although we're all here to have fun, we do not want to create an unpleasant environment for any hacker.
How much experience do I need?
Absolutely zero. We want you here because you have a passion for creating, not because you know how to run MapReduce jobs on 20 Cassandra clusters through a Rails app which is using Node serial to pull coordinates from a Raspberry Pi. Even if you are brand new to programming, this is the perfect opportunity to learn. We’ll have lots of resources including workshops and a bunch of mentors to help beginners get started. There'll also be plenty of people to learn from and help you along the way, so just ask!
How are we selecting who attends?
We are looking for novices, experts, and everyone in between. We are really looking out for people who can show their passion for creation and learning.
What if I want to volunteer?
That's awesome! We'll update this section with more details around December. Questions? volunteer@tamuhack.com
Will there be hardware available?
Yes! In addition to the MLH hardware lab (which includes Oculus Rifts and Leap Motions), we will always have our own custom hardware available.
Will you be offering travel reimbursements?
We will be sending buses to some schools in Texas and will offer gas reimbursements for people driving in. Bus schedules will be released closer to the event. However, we will NOT be offering flight reimbursements this year (sorry!).
What if I have more questions?
Email us with any questions, comments, concerns at hello@tamuhack.com, or message us here!